We got a juicer! That was the one thing we didn’t register for for our wedding. I heard they weren’t really worth it because it takes so much fruit/veggie to make one glass of juice, which by the way, is kind of true. But since then, I’ve also had a couple friends who have juicers and use them all the time. I’ve been a little jealous of blogs that make such pretty colored juices! They look so healthy and refreshing!
Then this past weekend we watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s basically about a guy who’s overweight and decides to drop some pounds by doing a 60 day juice cleanse (60 days! Yikes!). Now, I’m not planning on doing a cleanse, but it did inspire me to want to eat more veggies…possibly in the form of juice?
So, we went over to Macy’s yesterday and picked up a Breville juicer. We used it last night and today! It’s pretty fun and is definitely an impressive machine. It wasn’t cheap (about $150 bucks), but I’m counting on having it um, forever?
Our first attempt was a fruit juice!
Pear, Apple, and Ginger Juice
We doubled the original recipe, so if you’re juicing for yourself, divide this by 2.
- 2 green apples
- 4 pears
- 2 pieces of ginger
So that was round 1. So far, so good; the juice was a success.
Today’s juice was a little more serious.
This time we made enough for tonight and tomorrow so we multiplied this recipe by 4. So, this one (below) is a single serving.
- 1 bulk of kale
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 cucumber
- 2 granny smith apples
- 1/2 lemon
- ginger root (thumb size)
This was a ridiculous amount of veggies! I definitely think we got our required intake for the day.
The kale was quite a challenge to juice. We found it easier to get through with apples or cucumber before and after the kale.
We had a couple glasses tonight with dinner and will have enough for the morning. That’s it though! It’s kind of amazing how much produce it takes for just a few glasses.
Like the glass? Pretty classy, I know.
I had a pretty healthy dinner of leftovers from last night, chickpea salad, and Mean Green juice!
The juice turned out pretty good. To me, it was a little heavy on the celery, but I don’t particularly like celery so..there ya go. I also just realized I forgot the lemon so that’s probably a crucial ingredient gone missing. But it doesn’t taste bad at all. I was a bit worried considering how much kale was in there but I actually taste the celery more than the kale.
I’ll definitely make it again. Next time, maybe less celery and I’ll actually add the lemons!
Update: This was my breakfast this morning..
Mmm nothin’ like juiced kale and celery before your morning coffee.
If you’ve juiced before, what do u do with the remaining pulp? It seems like such a waste of food. Even if you don’t have a juicer, any ideas?